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Fixing Families Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System

ISBN-10: 0415947278

ISBN-13: 9780415947275

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jennifer A. Reich

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Jennifer Reich takes the reader inside the child welfare system in the U.S., to show the operation of a vast & much criticised system.
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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Introduction
Intervening in Failing Families
Intersections of the State and Family
The Therapeutic State
Overview of the System
"We work for the government. We're here to help."
"Juvenile Justice"
The County
Representing "Bad" Parents
Overview of the Book
Child Protection In A Historical Perspective
The Progressive Era: New Responses to New Social Problems
Professionalization of Childsaving
Creating Public Welfare
1920's-1960's: "Battered Child Syndrome" and the First Federal Response to Child Abuse
1970's: Rising Caseloads and Calls for Reform
Constructing the "Best Interests"
Opposition to Transracial Adoption
1980's: Refocusing on Reunification in the Face of New Challenges
The Crack Crisis in Child Welfare
1990's: Attempts to Address System Failures
Color-Blind Child Welfare Policy
Rising Attention to System Failures
Adoption Reform
Understanding the Child Welfare Pendulum
The Hated Do-Gooders: Social Work In Context
Prelude
Social Work as Thankless
Social Work as Dangerous
Social Work as Stressful
Expected Parental Behavior: Theorizing Subordination And Deference In Investigations
Prelude
Reporters of Suspected Abuse of Neglect
Talking (with) Children
Assessing Risk Through Zero-Tolerance for Drugs
Evaluating the Home
Expectations of Deference
Dana Brooks
Jamila Washington
Similar Circumstances, Different Outcomes
Candace Williams-Taylor
Moving Through the System
Reforming Parents, Reunifying Families
Prelude
The Context and Content of Services
The Relative Right to Services
The Controversial System
The Experience of Reunification Services
"Time Is Moving": Deference to the Process As Soon As Possible
Material Obstacles to Reunification
The Time Bind of Services
Housing and Public Assistance
Childcare
Services and Surveillance
Managing State Power: Parental Strategies
Parents' Strategies: Resistance and Accommodation
Robert Davis
Richie Lyons
Linda Durrant
Activist Parenting and Counter-Productivity
Conclusion: Realizing System Goals: Means and Ends
Court-Ordered Empowerment And The Reformation Of Mothers In Cps
Prelude
The Bad Mother in Public Imagination and Institutions
Resocializing Bad Mothers
Contexualizing Maternal Salvation
Performing Empowerment
Court-Ordered Empowerment: Success Stories
Sexual Mothers: Reunification Failures
Making Sense of the Empowerment Performance
Biology And Conformity: Expectations Of Fathers
Prelude
Becoming a CPS Father
Men's Relative Right to Services
Legal Constructions of Fatherhood
Encouraging Absentee Fatherhood
Working to Reunify
Employment versus Compliance
Proving the Capacity to Parent
Bad Men as Good Fathers?
Resocializing Bad Men
Beyond Reunification: When Families Cannot Be Fixed
Prelude
Beyond Reunification
Time Runs Out
Demonstrable Rehabilitation
Compliance
Meaningful Change
Accepting Responsibility
Developing a "Permanent Plan"
When Adoption is Inappropriate
Identifying Unbreakable Bonds
Defining Adoptability
After the Case Ends
Court Orders Beyond the Courthouse
Conclusion
Conclusion
Good Intentions, Poor Outcomes
CPS and the Anti-Parent Culture
Addressing System Failures
Social Work Workload
Giving Voice to Parental Anger
Access to Advocacy
Relevant Servi